Ten notes and links for Sunday.
1, Here’s my review of five things we learned in Friday night’s game.
2, Jerry Brewer, meanwhile, says the Seahawks offense is evolving into a unit that can be much more explosive this season.
This is, easily, the fastest and most diverse receiving corps the Seahawks have had under Pete Carroll. Two of their top four wideouts, Percy Harvin and Paul Richardson, can run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, and their speed amazes you every time they run. The other two members of their top four, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, can make plays down the field. Three of those four receivers are smallish, with Kearse the only one having even average size. Still, they can be a formidable group. And outside of that top four, they also have a former track star, Ricardo Lockette, vying to remain on the team.
At running back, if the Seahawks indeed attempt to vary their run game more than usual, backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael both have a burst that can complement Marshawn Lynch’s bruising style. Turbin showed what he can do in the open field during a 47-yard run against the Chargers.
The improvement of second-year tight end Luke Willson, whose 4.51 40 time is blistering for his position, adds another dimension. And Russell Wilson is one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the NFL.
3, ESPN with some of Tharold Simon’s thoughts on the penalty that called back his 105-yard penalty.
4, Here is more of what Simon had to say about that play from the official quote sheet:
(On his positioning on his pass breakup as well as his nullified interception) Yeah, I just had to get my feet wet for the first time. When I went up for that first one I felt a little jitters and then I was locked in. I told myself “next play” and then the next play came – the next few plays came – I made sure I got the pick
(On if his fellow defensive backs will give him a hard time tonight) Yeah, they’re going to give me a very hard time. They gave me a hard time on the sideline. But once that happened like I said you got to go to the next one.
(On his conversation on the sideline with Richard Sherman after the nullified interception) Richard just came up to me and was like “that was a bad call.” He told me “great position, great play, they’re going to review it, and stuff like that.” He’s always in my ear telling me either “bad play” or “good play.”
(On the fact that despite the flag, he will still show up on film making an interception) It’s a great feeling. I mean, just to get out there and get reps, go out there and prepare for the next play, next game. It’s just fun being here.
5, One thing I know there will be as roster cutdown time looms is questions about practice squad eligibility. Here’s a good primer. It can be a little confusing, especially in trying to calculate accrued service time. Also, remember that players have to be waived first, which then makes them available to every other team, before they can be re-signed to the practice squad. Seattle lost WR Chris Harper in that mode last year, cutting him with the intent to get him on the practice squad, only to see the 49ers swoop him and sign him (he’s now with the Packers and had one catch for one yard Saturday and is in a fight for a roster spot this season).
6, Will Brinson of CBSSports.com was impressed by some of the fare at CenturyLink Field.
7, So how much difference can throwing just one TD pass make in an NFL passer rating? Consider that Russell Wilson Friday night was 11-13 for 121 yards but with no touchdowns. Saturday night, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was 11-13 for 128 yards, but with one touchdown. Wilson’s passer rating? 105.4. Rodgers’? 133.3. And speaking of the Packers, Seattle’s first regular season opponent, looks like Matt Flynn might be the backup QB to Rodgers.
8, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh finally accepted the ice-bucket challenge, but not the one from Pete Carroll.
9, A couple Chargers links to pass along — The San Diego Union-Tribune takes a guess at the team’s final 53, with some insights along the way into Friday’s game; and Chargers coach Mike McCoy not happy about the performance against the Seahawks.
10, The Seahawks next play the Chicago Bears. Here’s a good resource for everything Bears from ESPN.
And we’ll give the last word to Jesse Williams, who appears to be telling everyone not to question that he’ll be back:
Not if But When.
— Jesse Williams (@ThaMonstar) August 17, 2014